In recent years, the number of people opting to go gluten-free has been rapidly increasing. This has been aided by high-profile endorsements from celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow who actively champion a gluten-free diet. It has been estimated that around 12% of the UK and European population avoid gluten, many believing the diet is good for maintaining a healthy heart. This number is surprising, given that screenings suggest only 1% of the UK population actually have an intolerance to gluten.
Those who are genuinely Coeliac suffer from symptoms such as digestive problems, anaemia and tiredness, recurrent stomach pain or bloating, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.
But is a Gluten Free Diet Healthy?
A study conducted by researchers at Harvard University over a period of 26 years looked at data from around 120,000 people. They found that following a gluten-free diet did not reduce the risk of heart disease. This research indicates that those who avoid gluten could risk depriving their hearts and bodies of the beneficial wholegrains often found in gluten-rich products such as bread.
Scientists have now advised against following a gluten-free diet unless you have genuinely been diagnosed as Coeliac, as eating little or no gluten can actually have an adverse effect on cardiovascular health. Additionally, another study conducted at Harvard suggested that ingesting only small amounts of gluten, or avoiding it altogether, could also increase the risk of developing diabetes by as much as 13%.
Following the findings of this study, Bluecrest have developed a new test and screening package to identify both gluten and lactose intolerances. If you suspect you have a food intolerance, why not get in touch with us today to try one of our health screening packages tailored to suit you.